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A Girl in Winter

Episode 2 (of 2): A Girl in Winter

Philip Larkin's second and final novel which he wrote in 1946, aged 24, and dramatised for the first time on BBC Radio 4 by Richard Stevens.

In wintery wartime Britain, Katherine Lind, exiled and alone, endures her job as an assistant in an obscure provincial library with an unpleasant boss and unfriendly colleagues. Frozen in time and tragedy, her past is gone - and with it her family, her friends, her old life. She is living moment by moment. But on this cold, bleak Saturday, news from an English family she once knew forces her to relive the idyllic summer she spent with them six years before. Will Katherine's icy heart finally start to melt?

A Girl in Winter is a beautiful evocation of the icy claustrophobia that Philip Larkin himself endured, working in a provincial library in his early twenties, when his career as a poet was only just beginning.

This new radio adaptation stars Carolyn Genzkow, a young German film and television star, based in Berlin. Meeting British radio actors for the first time and performing in English, Carolyn brings wonderful authenticity to the role of the isolated émigré Katherine Lind.

Dramatised by Richard Stevens
Sound by Alisdair McGregor
Producer/Director: Fiona McAlpine

An Allegra production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Sat 13 Apr 2013 21:00


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